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How about a not recommended: Zoo by James Patterson

I generally enjoy Patterson's books. They're quick reads. I can go through one in a day or two. This one was no exception, only the whole thing was completely unsatisfying. The story was thin, the characters were boring, and the ending was a WTF moment.

Skip this one. Not Patterson's best work.

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Think I would like World War Z.I am reading Red now,The second in this Ted Dekker series.I have White the last one already. emoticon

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"World War Z" by Max Brooks.

The book is incredibly interesting - a true world-spanning tale of human horror, ingenuity, perseverence and struggle.

The movie is Brad Pitt flying around the world running from the CGI monsters from "I Am Legend."

What they have in common is the name. Period.

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I've almost finished reading Lipstick in Afghanistan by Roberta Gately.A lot of tragedy in it but a lot of dedication too.If you want nothing but feel good skip it though.A lot about the Taliban women in that country and a really dedicated American nurse.I am honored to have a few friends in that catergory.My good friend Rick S.PA.He went to Rowanda.He doesn't tell much about it though.Very humble.The old lady contributed by cooking him a lot of meals while living in FL.Perhaps if I'd been younger when I began my work but every little bit helps. emoticon

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What can I say? Sometimes I have to take one for the team.

My next two books though are "Physics of the Future" and "Physics of the Impossible" by Michio Kaku.

I have higher hopes for these.

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11/21/12 10:17 A

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Myrea, LMBO..I couldn't even slog through 50 Shades of Gray..one of the worst written and repetitive pieces of pulp fiction I've encountered in long time. Life is too short to read badly written books .

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Thanks for the heads-up Myrea. It did not make my Christmas book list, but it's nice to know my instincts were correct.

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Here's one I recomend you skip:
"50 Shades of Grey"

No, I didn't buy it. I checked it out from the library on my Kindle.

As research.

I'm writing commercial fiction. I should know what's in the market. 50 Shades is a little outside my particular market, but I figured I should at least be able to speak to it from a position of knowledge instead of simply dismissing it out of hand as hack work.

Now I've read it. I can definitively say - it's the worst kind of hack writing. It's horrible. Terrible. Painful to read. Seriously. Even the sex scenes aren't worth it. Unbelivable characters acting in unbelievable, inconsistant ways. Everyone is biting their lips. rolling their eyes, smirking and setting their lips in a "hard line" on every other page. I swear, if I have to read about Anastasia's "inner goddess" one more time, I'm going to pull out the riding crop.

Bad.

Just bad.

Do not read it. You want hot sex? Read Julie Garwood, or Amanda Quick - actual strong, intelligent female heroines, hot romantic men, AND a plot plus good writing.

Please, for the love of all literature, do not read this book.

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Reading "What is the What" by Dave Eggars.

It's really good so far, but saddening... much senseless killing (not unexpected, considering the subject matter, but still, I get sad when I read of such things).

I am a little lazy, so here's the Amazon description:

What Is the What is the epic novel based on the life of Valentino Achak Deng who, along with thousands of other children —the so-called Lost Boys—was forced to leave his village in Sudan at the age of seven and trek hundreds of miles by foot, pursued by militias, government bombers, and wild animals, crossing the deserts of three countries to find freedom. When he finally is resettled in the United States, he finds a life full of promise, but also heartache and myriad new challenges. Moving, suspenseful, and unexpectedly funny, What Is the What is an astonishing novel that illuminates the lives of millions through one extraordinary man.


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I'm not scared at all. In fact, I welcome President Obama's re-election.



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I just read THE AMATEUR by Edward Klein. It scares you to death if he gets elected again.

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Just finished "The Host" by Stephanie Meyer. Riveting story set in the near future where a race of aliens takes over our planet by inhabiting the bodies of humans BUT for the greater good (according to the aliens). Alien socialism. Is this really for the greater good? Is their way, the only way?



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www.amazon.com/Pazuzus-Girl-Rachel-C
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Pazuzu's Girl

Written by a friend of mine, and published last February. It's sold as a YA, but it's written more for older teens and adults than for kids. It's a completely different kind of urban fantasy. The author is an anthropologist and brings a deep understanding of cultures and myths to her writing.

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Darth Paper Strikes Back

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We found a new one shopping at Costco last week:
The Secret of the Fortune Wookie.

We picked it up for our 9-year-old. He sat down with it Saturday afternoon and didn't stop reading except to sleep or eat until he finished it.

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I would LOVE to read Hunger Games but I kind of have a rule not to buy any print novels since I much prefer reading them electronically and can store more and it is much less expensive to read books that way. Nonfiction I cut myself slack on if I want the book. Magazines always in print versions as they take up too much space and are way overpriced on my device.

Anyhow, re HG it is NOT for some crazy reason in iBooks. So I refuse to read it lol.

I will someday.

Thanks for posting IMNAHA, I value hearing what people think of the book.

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Hunger Games very good But quite a cnabge feom what I usually read.

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I recently finished a book called "American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America" by Chris Hedges and I'm currently reading 'I Don't Believe in Atheists' by the same author. Both discuss the dangers of fundamentalism (religious in the former and non religious in the latter) and I found the discussion quite interesting.

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I've had Bill Clinton's book on my reading list for awhile now...must go to the library and check it out.

Just finished the Hunger Games trilogy. Totally enjoyed them. Now to see the movie...

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Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy by Bill Clinton.

Just the antidote I needed after reading The Big Short. Now, if only people in Washington would stop bickering long enough to actually read it.

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Currently have a quest going to read all six of George R.R. Martin's huge fantasy series, "A song of Fire and Ice." I am on book one and don't have much time to read right now, so it'll take awhile. Very enjoyable read.

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For children ages 8-12:

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
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Darth Paper Strikes Back

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I am having fun today reading a book by Hungry Girl. I love fun cookbooks with "diet" focus.

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I recently saw that "The Help" is going to be turned into a movie, which I was not aware of.

I read it last year and it was wonderful. Hope the movie is as good.

"All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

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"Packing For Mars" by Mary Roach.

It's fascinating not only because of the information relayed but because Ms. Roach is a wonderful writer. I'm off now to pick up her other books:
"Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers,"
"Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife" and
"Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex"

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I would like to bring up again "the book of unholy mischief" by Ellen Newmark.
Elle is known by some of us here as a former Sparker and vehement atheist. Her book is not only written exceptionally well, the story she tells is taking you in a different world.

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I would like to bring up again "the book of unholy mischief" by Ellen Newmark.
Elle is known by some of us here as a former Sparker and vehement atheist. Her book is not only written exceptionally well, the story she tells is taking you in a different world.

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Dec 30, 2008: New in all book stores: The Book of Unholy mischief by Ellen Newmark



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I read the book, borrowed the library copy...and then my Daughter found me the audiobook. One of the most fantastic books I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I was listening again to the audiobook recording of "The Doomsday Book" a few days ago.

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"The Doomsday Book" by Connie Willis was AWESOME. I actually took an afternoon off of work to finish it. I sat at my desk all morning trying to work and couldn't get it out of my mind, so I just told my boss I was leaving early and wenthome.

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The Passage by Justin Cronin. Very good, the first part of a trilogy. I hope book two is as good and we don't have to wait too long to start reading.

 
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I'm still working my way through "The Big Short" by Michael Lewis.

I can't read much of it at a time, because what went on simply makes me furious. But, if you want to know why the global economy imploded, it's a must-read.

I have long known many of the things that went on, but examining it depth shows that the factors were at once far more complex than expected, and embarrassingly simple.

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Anything by Martha Grimes, P. D. James (Inspector Dalgleish mysteries), Faye Kellerman, Margaret Atwood. Octavia Butler, one of the few African-American female science fiction writers that I am aware of. I love Nevada Barr, as she writes about the experiences of Anna Pigeon. The series of mystery novels are set in the National Parks of the USA. Anna Pigeon is a Park Ranger. Connie Willis..author of the very strange and mysterious "Doomsday Book", Elizabeth Peters, Lillian Jackson Braun and Margaret Truman...who I found to be an excellent mystery writer about what takes place in "Our Nation's Capital".

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The New Babylon—Those Who Reign Supreme by Michael Collins Piper

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Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel is very good, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Eye of the Dragon by Stephen King.

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The Biology of Belief byt Bruce H. Hipton, Ph.D.

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ooooo Eat, Pray, Love is a good one! I was not impressed with Her Fearful Symmetry the latest from Audrey Niffenegger. I loved The Time Traveler's Wife and was really disappointed with this one.

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"Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert...Loved it!

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

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"Scar Tissue" by Anthony Kiedis

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The Book of the Dead by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

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"The Book of Love" by Kathleen Mcgowan

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"Pirate Latitudes" by Michael Crichton

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"Always in Style" By Doris Pooser

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"The Rosetta Key" by William Dietrich

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"High Society - The Life of Grace Kelly" by Donald Spoto

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"The Murder of King Tut" By James Patterson

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Just finished reading "The Time Traveler's Wife"...I think what made this book come alive to me was having just spent a month in Chicago this past Sept. The book is set there...and having actually been to many of the places in the book made for it hard to put down.

Has anyone seen the movie AND read the book? I'm wondering if the movie is worth renting/buying.

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Read "Secret Societies: Their Influence and Power from Antiquity to the Present Day" by Michael Howard.

Wow!!!!

Also, finally watch the movie Angels and Demons...great movie!!

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I also read "The Handmaid's Tale" in a book club many years ago. We had great discussions. I really like Margaret Atwood and would also recommend "The Blind Assassin".

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I just finished "The Handmaids Tale" by Margaret Atwood.

I think it should be required reading for anyone who seeks to legislate morality in this country.

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Just finished reading the fiction novel "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova.

FANTASTIC!!!!!!

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I'm in the midst of "This is Your Brain on Music" by Daniel Levitin, which is all about the connections between our brains and how we comprehend music. Wow. Combined with the fact that I just bought some really great headphones, I'm listening to music in a whole new way. It's been fantastic.

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"The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" - David Wroblewski. A candidate for The Great American Novel. As Janet Maslin/NY Time put it, "a great, big mesmerizingread". A great book for dog lovers like me.

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"A Fine Balance" by Rohinton Mistry. A novel of India interweaving the stories of two tailors from the Indian, beggars, and a widow in Calcutta in a heartwrenching, funny, engrossing story set against the backdrop of the Indira Gandi regime. If you liked Slumdog Millionaire and love an epic novel, this will draw you in. Personally, I love Indian authors and filmmakers (Mira Nair especially).

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Just finished reading "Skin Trade" by Laura Hamilton....Anita Blake vampire slayer series.

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"A Member of the Wedding" - Carson McCullers, an author who was ahead of her time. I would compare it to Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird".

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Dan Brown's latest Fiction Novel "the Lost Symbol"....fantastic read!!!

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Fiction:
'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy

'Good Omens' by Terry Pratchett

'Dune Trilogy' by Frank Herbert

'Guinevere' and 'Isolde' trilogies by Rosalind Miles

Non Fic:
'Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters' by Alan Miller

'Demon Haunted World' by Carl Sagan

'Epileptic' by David B.

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"Buddhism for Beginners" by Thubten Chodron

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I am reading "Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown

Very exciting so far! I have trouble putting the book down.

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Hi! What a pleasure to see some old friends still here.

I've been MIA but I have a good excuse. My novel, The Book of Unholy Mischief was released last Dec and it's been nonstop craziness ever since. Jan I went on a national book tour and then to Italy and the UK, Feb the book was a Barne's & Noble pick of the month, March I was in India researching the next book, April and May spent polishing the new book, June in Italy, July on a blog tour. Unholy Mischief has now been translated into 16 languages and now I start the final draft of the India book with my editor.

But I've missed Sparkpeople. The chatting, the joking, the fighting... Working for a living is cramping my style.

But I have some book recommendations: Sarah's Key will break your heart. The Book Thief uses the brilliant device of Death as the narrator, and Cutting for Stone is beautiful.

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I know this is a movie but I saw the Proposal over the weekend (with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds) and it is so funny. I laughed through the whole movie. Laughter is always good.

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If you watch Iron Chef America, you know Jeffrey Steingarten. He's the short, round, grey-haired one. I always found him somewhat pompous and arrogant, and I never liked him.

But now that I'm reading his book "The Man Who Ate Everything" I have a newfound appreciation for him.

This is a man who truly appreciates food, and throws himself wholeheartedly into new culinary advetures. He has spent months baking the perfect loaf of wile yeast bread, tested 35 varieties of ketchup on McDonalds french fries, and spent a month as a vegetarian among others.

Like others in the food world that I greatly admire (Tony Bourdain and Alton Brown for instance) he appreciates good food for what it is. A street vendor hot dog has its appeal, as does a 3 Michelin star gourmet repast.

And, he's funny.

If you like food and/or frequently watch ICA, check it out.

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"Guns, Germs and Steel" - That's funny...I'm reading my son's copy he left here a couple of years ago.

"Eater's Manifesto" -- Sounds like my kind of book.

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"In Defense of Food - An Eaters Manifesto" by Michael Pollan

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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond,
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My son read that for Social Studies this fall. I've been thinking about reading it since then.

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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond,

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Just finished reading (over the last 4 days)

8 Minutes in the morning for Real shapes Real sizes by Jorge Cruise

Curves by Gary Heavin

Found good ideas for adjusting my diet and workouts.

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I loved The Secret, too. It is a fine culmination of the writings on the law of attraction. I also love The Secret Daily Calendar. I keep the pages and use them as book marks, etc..



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Just finished reading "You're not sick, You're Thirsty" from F. Batmanghelidj, MD. It is about the importance of water for health, for healing, for life. Fantastic reading and motivation for my daily water drinking.

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Just finished re-reading the Secret and also watch the movie. WOW!!!

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I try to alternate fiction and non-fiction on my reading list. After going through many years of schooling with boring biographies stuffed down my throat in the name of non-fiction, I have been amazed in my adult life to find out how diverse and truly fascinating the realm of non-fiction literature can really be.

I am reading "The Post American World" by Fareed Zakaria right now. It's very interesting, and unlike a lot of other books about socio-economics, it's very reader-friendly. I'm going to have to check into some of his other works when I finish this one.

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"The Third Angel" - Alice Hoffman

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Yes, when I was commuting to work every day, I would listened to many audio books. I don't listen to radio (other than NPR), so it was a great way to pass the hour each way. I also have a few audio books on business topics in my ipod.

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Have you tried the audio tape/disc of these books? I did and really enjoyed both. It was something to do on long drives back and forth to work.

 
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"I am the Clay" - Chaim Potok
A tale about the trek of a Korean peasant couple and an orphaned boy across a war-blighted landscape.

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"The Forgotten Man" - Amity Schlaes
A history of the Great Depression.

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I recommend the movie "The Fountainhead", adapted from the book, starring Gary Cooper and Patricia O'Neal. I was an undergrad lit major--I did my time with Ayn! I'm having a renewed "love affair" with Carson McCullers right now, however. She was ahead of her time. My favorites: "A Member of the Wedding" and "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter". Lyrical and transporting stuff.

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"I'm just starting 'The Fountainhead' by Ayn Rand after it was mentioned on another team Have to say I'm finding it tough going.Anyone else familiar with it? "

I read it in high school. It was easier having a teacher to discuss things with chapter by chapter - but it's a formidable book.

I pulled out my copy of "Atlas Shrugged" about a week ago, but it's printed so tiny, I can barely read it. I guess Atlas can keep on shrugging without me unless I find a bigger print copy.

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"A Mercy" by Toni Morrison

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Just finished a book called "Conservatives Without Conscience" by John W. Dean that I can highly recommend to those trying to wrap their brains around the current evolution of the Republican party.

"Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country."
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For non-fiction, I recommend:
"Freakonomics" - It presents a new viewpoint on several social issues, from an economist's perspective.
"The Tipping Point" and "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell - Both explore different aspects of human behavior and decision making.
"Don't Know Much About History" - Which is just fun for people who want to know about History, but hated History class.

For fiction, I recommend:
"The Dresden Files" by Jim Butcher - there are 10 so far. They're fast-paced, funny, and totally entertaining.
"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" - I was entranced by this story, told from an autistic teen's point of view.


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anyone read the diary of anais nin? i can't find volume 1 at our local library and i don't like starting a series without reading the first book. :(

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I'm just starting 'The Fountainhead' by Ayn Rand after it was mentioned on another team Have to say I'm finding it tough going.Anyone else familiar with it?
I also liked,The time travellers wife,the kite runner,and have a copy of 'Reading Lolita in Tehran' in my bathroom which I'm reading in 'instalments' when I've a few minutes to kill!

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"Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts"

by Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson

"Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? Why the parade of public figures unable to own up when they screw up? Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell?

Backed by years of research and delivered in lively, energetic prose, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-deception—how it works, the harm it can cause, and how we can overcome it."

Fascinating is the right word.


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